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Castletown

(Balla Cashtal)

The old capital of the island with a very long history as the the home of vikings, kings, and government. There is much to see and do in this historical coastal town.

Castletown sits on the site of an ancient volcano. The town was the capital of the island for hundreds of years. The government was run from within it before moving to Douglas and much of what the island is today started in this historical town.

Tracing its origins back to 1090, Castletown holds true as one of the oldest towns in the British Isles. Its narrow streets and small fishing cottages prove this ancient past at every corner. The medieval Castle Rushen, once the home of kings and later government, still dominates the centre of town.

Fishing boats continue to fill the harbour, though Castletown saw the end of major commercial traffic to its port in the 1970's. The on going expansion of financial and industrial businesses in the area keep Castletown on the map as an important island town.


Events
Dates: Sunday 17 April 2016
Description: Lisa Lowe Appeal Walk. Manx Cancer Help is excited to announce that it is bringing back the Lisa Lowe Appeal Walk for 2016, which will take place on Sunday 17th April, the first time that it will have taken place since 2007. The charity hopes to get as many people as possible involved in the walk, supported by Barclays, which will see participants take on the famous Millennium Way and walk 28 miles from Sky Hill to Castletown either individually or as a team of four. For those aged 18 and under, and anyone who would prefer a shorter walk, there is the option of joining the event at The Crosby Hotel at 1pm for a 10-mile walk. The Lisa Lowe Appeal Walk first took place in 1997, the year that Lisa lost her life to cancer, and raised £70,000 for Manx Cancer Help. Lisa was diagnosed aged just 38 and after a major operation and initially making a good recovery, Lisa ??s cancer returned and sadly she died in November 1997. Lisa Lowe Centre, Cronkbourne, Douglas, 679544 or 404552 http://www.manxcancerhelp.org.
Dates: Friday 27 May 2016 - Monday 30 May 2016
Description: Pre-TT Classic Motorcycle Races. Blackford Financial Services Pre-TT Classic Road Races on the Billown Circuit. Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Monday 30th May. ,, Castletown, http://www.southern100.com.
Dates: Saturday 11 June 2016
Description: Post TT Races. Post TT Road Races. On the Southern 100 course Castletown,,, Castletown, http://www.southern100.com.
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Event information supplied by the Isle of Man Department of Tourism & Leisure (01624 686766)

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